Press release Polymerupdate – Braskem
Plastic production from sugar cane in Brazil reached 11 years in September 2021 and has helped to mitigate climate change and minimize environmental impacts in various sectors of the economy. This was exemplified by the thousands of products sold in Brazil and around the world that already use renewable plastic. In another important step in this journey, Braskem, market leader and global pioneer in the production of biopolymers on an industrial scale, now supplies renewable resins produced from ethanol from Raízen, an integrated energy company, a world reference in bioenergy and one of the largest producers of sugarcane, certified by Bonsucro – a global standard for the production and supply chain of sugarcane. A pioneer in the development of plastic production technology from renewable raw materials, Braskem is the only Brazilian company in the segment to receive this recognition.
Bonsucro is the global sugarcane sustainability platform, established in 2005 to collectively accelerate the sustainable production and use of sugarcane among farmers, mills, buyers and end users. It mobilizes its members and other partners to address the critical challenges facing the sugar and ethanol industry, drive performance and create positive impact. Through its Sugarcane Sustainability Standards Certification System, Bonsucro certifies that the production and processing of sugarcane is conducted in a socially and environmentally responsible manner based on rigorous international sustainability criteria.
Certification of sugar cane planting, cultivation and processing
In addition to ensuring sustainable practices related to optimal land use, biodiversity protection and responsible water management, Bonsucro also verifies issues such as workplace safety, working conditions and impacts on communities adjacent to sugar cane fields and mills. Raízen is Braskem’s partner for the supply of ethanol produced from sugar cane and has the world’s largest volume of sugar cane certified by Bonsucro. “With this international certification, Brazil has become a world reference in the production of sugar cane and its derivatives, hosting approximately 52% of the mills with this seal in the world and with various successes that combine high productivity with the best management and sustainability in operations,” says André Valente, Sustainability Manager at Raízen.
According to Valente, in commercial terms, “having the Bonsucro certificate means creation of shared value, product differentiation, guarantee of sustainable origin, access to markets and customers with strict social and environmental requirements, consolidation of the best sustainability practices, building conscientious relationships and a better corporate image.” Today, Raízen has the largest volume of Bonsucro-certified sugar cane in the world, and 24 of the 31 bioenergy parks in operation are already certified. The company’s objective is to certify the other seven units acquired after its merger with Biosev and to have all units certified by 2030. This certification strategy also covers the production of second generation ethanol (E2G) produced from sugarcane bagasse.
More sustainable plastic for Brazilian industry
Prior to certifying Braskem, Bonsucro assessed its processes involving traceability from raw material to its certified finished products and upstream supply chain, taking into account good practices implemented in the planting, cultivation and processing of sugar cane. “This certification recognizes our efforts in pursuing an environmentally responsible operation, adding further value to our bio-based I’m green TM portfolio, which provides polyethylene and EVA solutions produced from sugar cane. TM, brand owners who use our renewable resins can become members and apply for Bonsucro certification to use the seal in their products. For this, the manufacturer and the brand owner must join the Bonsucro platform and submit their processes to an audit by a third party. third-party certification body,” says Marco Jansen, Global Head of Biopolymers at Braskem.
At Braskem, the Bonsucro certification reaffirms the company’s commitment to the circular economy and to carbon neutrality by 2050. “We are committed to helping transform linear economic thinking into a circular model, covering all stages of the value chain. From the selection of raw materials to the return of post-consumer waste – after recycling – to the production chain, “We are constantly looking to improve our biopolymers to make these solutions more valuable and competitive. Being the first bioplastics producer that meets Bonsucro’s requirements is an important recognition in our journey and a clear sign that we are on the right path.” says Jansen.
Sustainable solutions to meet the needs of the population
Braskem’s I’m green TM bio-based plastic is already used in various segments such as food, beverages, personal hygiene products and durable consumer goods, among others. The success of this solution on the market is directly linked to the growth in demand from major brand owners committed to the use of renewable and/or recycled raw materials and to the circular economy, as well as the explosion of demand for biopolymers.
Braskem’s production of I’m green TM biobased polyethylene has been recognized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Global Compact Network Brazil as one of the most transformative cases in sustainable development in Brazil. One of the main differentials of the product is that it can capture up to 3.09 tons of CO2 for every ton of renewable PE produced. The material retains the same properties, performance and versatility as fossil-based plastics and can be used in existing production and recycling chains.
Braskem’s first customer to obtain the Bonsucro certificate was Tetra Pak. In 2019, the company – the global leader in food processing and packaging solutions – became the first in the food industry to supply plant-based polymers using Bonsucro’s standards for sustainable sugarcane .
“Our plant-based renewable polymers are fully traceable to their origin in sugar cane. Our ambition is clear: we want all our packaging to be produced from renewable or recycled polymers. This is an important step in our journey towards the most sustainable packaging in the world: a box made from renewable, fully recyclable and carbon neutral materials,” said Julian Fox, Director of Nature Programs at Tetra Pak.
In Braskem, the Bonsucro certificate was awarded to the industrial complex of Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, where biobased polyethylene and EVA I’m green TM (Q 2, PE 4, PE 5 and PE 6 ) are produced, and storage facilities responsible for distributing the solutions in Brazil and other countries.
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